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Can a collapsed lung lead to a heart attack in someone with a family history of heart problems?

Can a collapsed lung lead to a heart attack in someone with a family history of heart problems?

Yes: A collapes lung can cause a heart attack either by lowering your oxygen levels or by causing a tension pneumothorax, which can prevent circulation of blood by preventing your heart form filling with blood and thereby preventing your heart from pumping blood to the rest of your body (and to itself). ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


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Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Another or: Presumably you or your loved one are in an ICU at this point. What happens next depends on why the chest tube isn't working. Anotherr chest tube may be placed, the breathing tube may be moved so that only one lung is ventilated and a surgical repair attempted, etc. Your surgeon or your intensivist should tell your their plans. ...Read more

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My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

One Triggers: If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present. Otherwise, two separate independent events. ...Read more

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Would zaltrap be Too strong for aged 66 colon can patient who had a minor heart attack In 2013 and also had clot in lungs ?

Would zaltrap be
Too strong for aged 66 colon can patient who had a minor heart attack
In 2013 and also had clot in lungs ?

With extreme care: It is a drug to be used in metastatic colon CA that has progressed on an oxaliplatin-containing chemotherapy regimen.There are bleeding & clotting side effects so it would have to be used very cautiously in someone with this history. But, with careful supervision by an oncologist, it could provide some benefit. It would be a highly individualized decision between the patient & doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I felt like I was having a heart attack.I have hyperthyroidism.Could it have been my heart or lungs?I am 21 and have had thyroid issues for 2yrs.

I felt like I was having a heart attack.I have hyperthyroidism.Could it have been my heart or lungs?I am 21 and have had thyroid issues for 2yrs.

Hard to say.: Hyperthyroidism can certainly cause palpitations. You don't say what your symptoms were. But palpitations can cause anxiety and panic attacks even, which can feel like a heart attack. As you know, keeping an eye on your thyroid levels is important and you feel better when they are normal. See your doc regularly, or whenever you notice symptoms that you cannot explain from other causes. ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am i now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am i now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

Congratulations!: No one is safe, but you will steadily move from very unsafe (all smokers) to safer with each passing year. There is benefit in lung cancer reduction by quitting even up to 65 years of age. Best never to start. I stupidly smoked and quit @ age 33. Latest data say quit before 35, normal risk of non-smoker. ...Read more

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Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack?how do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Pain on shoulder blades and below  achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack?how do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Maybe gallbladder?: Depending on radiation of pain to and associated symptoms this could be due to gallbladder, stomach or heart. These internal organs have nerves which originate in the same place and therefore pain from one may mimic the other. Given your age I suspect its unlikely your heart and could be your gallbladder as that is a very common diagnosis. An inflamed GB can cause shoulder pain. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more